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Old Fashioned Sweet Rice Fritters


These Rice Fritters, aka Candy Calas, are a southern fried doughnut well-known in New Orleans. Crispy on the surface, delicate and tender on the within, coated with powdered sugar!

A bite taken out of a rice fritter in a bowl

This recipe was developed in partnership with my associates at Imperial Sugar. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL RECIPE.

Candy Rice Fritters Are A Basic Creole Recipe

Rice Fritters are a traditional southern recipe. The candy yeast batter is combined with mashed rice to create a young fritter-style doughnut that’s fried till golden and coated with powdered sugar. Calas was a well-liked avenue meals in New Orleans, very like Zeppole or beignets. 

Candy Calas – What To Count on:

  1. These little rice fritters are crispy on the surface and delicate and tender on the within. The yeast dough is flavorful and ethereal, whereas the mashed rice provides texture. 
  2. Seize a serviette since you’re certain to get powdered sugar throughout your shirt!
  3. The refined cinnamon taste within the batter actually makes these little doughnuts distinctive! You would even add small diced apples into the batter to create a rice apple fritter!
  4. Make forward! Begin the batter the night time earlier than, and within the morning it will likely be able to fry for a particular breakfast!
donuts coated in powdered sugar in a bowl


For the total record of elements with measurements CLICK HERE

  • Cooked rice. You’ll want to use delicate rice, and mash it up nicely! If utilizing leftover rice, reheat it with a little bit of water to steam it. You don’t need the rice to have any “chew”
  • Lively Dry Yeast. You can too use Speedy Yeast as nicely!
  • Heat water 
  • Massive eggs
  • Granulated sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • Floor cinnamon
  • All objective flour
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Powdered sugar for coating

How To Make Rice Fritters (Step by Step):

  1. Place the mashed rice right into a medium bowl and put aside. Do your finest to mash the rice as finest you possibly can. The rice provides texture, however you don’t need complete grains of rice within the fritter. 

2. Sprinkle yeast into heat water and permit it to dissolve, till foamy, 10 – quarter-hour.

3. Pour the yeast combination into the mashed rice and stir to mix. Cowl the bowl with plastic wrap and place within the fridge for 8 hours or in a single day. 

rice mixture with yeast for rice fritters

4. Take away the rice combination from the fridge and add within the whisked eggs, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Stir to mix. Add within the flour and stir till evenly integrated. 

5. Cowl the bowl with a towel and place in a heat, draft-free place for 1 hour, till the combination is bubbly and barely ethereal. It is going to improve in dimension barely. This isn’t a typical yeast dough. It will likely be thinner and extra “batter-like”. 

6. Warmth oil in a medium Dutch oven, or electrical fryer till it reaches 365°F. Drop the fritter batter by the heaping tablespoon into the oil and fry till golden brown, turning as soon as, to brown evenly. Take away the fritters from the oil with a slotted spoon and switch to a paper towel lined plate or baking sheet to soak up extra oil. Work in batches of 4 – 5 fritters at a time.

7. Place the powdered sugar in a big zip-top or brown paper bag. Add in half the fritter and shake to coat. Repeat with the remaining fritters.

Sweet Calas in a bowl coated in powdered sugar with one cut in half showing interior


  1. I personal a small electrical fryer, which is what I used for this. It’s a latest buy that I made a decision upon after years of HATING the way in which frying meals made my home scent! It’s a cheap merchandise that I take advantage of on the uncommon events I deep fry something, and really plug it in in my storage or out again. It’s a simple little equipment to retailer (I bought a small 1.1 Liter fryer) and being able to fry issues open air retains that stale fried scent out of my home! I want I had bought this years in the past!
  2. If you happen to don’t have an electrical fryer, use a Dutch Oven or a heavy bottomed pan.
  3. Utilizing a small scoop (1.5 tablespoon) makes portioning out the batter MUCH simpler! Here’s the one I use.
  4. The batter expands a bit whereas frying, so work in batches! 
  5. Serve these heat or at room temperature. They’re finest served the identical day they’re made.

How To Retailer:

Like I discussed above, I don’t advocate storing these for any size of time. Like all doughnut, they’re finest if served the day they’re made…and in the event that they’re heat, even higher!

Bowl filled with powdered sugar coated rice fritters

For the FULL RECIPE jump over to Imperial Sugar and print it out!


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